India beats Bangladesh in 2nd Champions Trophy semi final

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BIRMINGHAM: India eased into Champions Trophy final by chasing the 265 target in 40 overs with 9 wickets remaining during second semi final match with Bangladesh at Birmingham on Thursday.

India will now face Pakistan in final match on Sunday 18 June at The Oval.

Batting first, Bangladesh team had managed to score 264 runs for Seven wickets in 50 overs.

A century partnership between Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim has provided the backbone of Bangladesh’s 7-264 in their Champions Trophy semi-final against India at Edgbaston.

The Tigers lost Sounya Sarkar and Sabbir Rahman early on, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2-51) taking both wickets, before Tamim (70) and Mushfiqur (61) teamed up for a 123-run stand to dominate the first half of the innings.

Earlier the India captain Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to field against Bangladesh in a Champions Trophy semi-final at Edgbaston on Thursday.

Light rain delayed the toss and overcast conditions would have encouraged Kohli to believe there would be assistance for his pace-men.

Champions Trophy title-holders India thrashed Bangladesh by 240 runs in a warm-up match at the Oval last month, a fixture where the Tigers collapsed to 84 all out.

The winners of this match will play Pakistan, who hammered England by eight wickets in Wednesday’s first semi-final in Cardiff, in Sunday’s final at the Oval in London.

India launched their title defence by thrashing arch-rivals Pakistan by 124 runs at Edgbaston on June 4. Both India and Bangladesh retained the sides that defeated South Africa and New Zealand respectively in the final round of the group stage.

Teams

Bangladesh:  Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim (wkt), Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Rubel Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman

India:  Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (capt), Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (wkt), Hardik Pandya, Kedhar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jaspreet Bumrah

The winner of the game would play Pakistan in the tournament finale on Sunday. Pakistan thrashed hosts England by eight wickets on Wednesday to reach their first ever final of the Champions Trophy and their first ICC final in eight years.

This is Bangladesh’s first ever semi-final appearance in an ICC tournament.

India captain Virat Kohli, speaking in a pre-match press conference, warned that his team would not take Bangladesh for granted.

“As we’ve seen, a lot of teams have surprised the opposition and we’re certainly not taking anything for granted.”

The star batsman added: “Going into a big game like this, we´re going to treat it as how we treated the last game. Our mindset does not differ.”

Bangladesh sealed their place in the last four with an impressive five-wicket victory over New Zealand in Cardiff.

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